Gut Bacteria Might Shape Social Behavior Smithsonian
These bumblebees like playing and it’s the sweetest thing ZME Science (KS).
Part Bear, Part Bird, Part Monkey, Part Lizard: On the Deep Weirdness of Beavers Literary Hub. On beavers as ecosystem engineers, see NC here and here.
Dollar debt in FX swaps and forwards: huge, missing and growing (PDF) Bank of International Settlements Quarterly Review
Pink snow is a red flag for the West’s water High Country News
How Protests and Crackdowns Can Exacerbate Climate Change Foreign Policy
Pandemic austerity plans that benefit the few at the expense of the many must go South China Morning Post
More trouble (guurst):
Recently, I described a SARS-CoV-2 sequence that acquired 72 mutations in ~2 months, more than had evolved in the previous 3 years. Shortly after, a 123-mutation sequence was found by @OliasDave. Both bear the stamp of molnupiravir treatment. And 123 mutations is an undercount 1/ pic.twitter.com/uJ9mHQSOV2
— Ryan Hisner (@LongDesertTrain) December 7, 2022
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Germicidal UV: a tradeoff between disinfection and indoor smog Jose-Luis Jimenez, Something in the Air. Commentary:
Most importantly, we are past the point where we have to gloss over the caveats in any mitigation for fear it will hurt adoption. I've spoken about addressing issues with HEPA filters and masks- even though I am a huge supporter of these tools. Likewise GUV- it can be better.
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) December 9, 2022
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Fauci’s deposition, a thread:
I read Anthony Fauci’s seven hour deposition.
— Emily Kopp (@emilyakopp) December 6, 2022
Nietzsche’s Last Men and the Covid Event Panda Uncut
‘It’s dead out here’: China’s slow exit from zero-COVID Reuters. “Although the government on Wednesday loosened key parts of its strict ‘zero-COVID’ policy that has kept the pandemic largely at bay for the past three years, many people appear wary of being too quick to shake off the shackles.” But… but why? (I love “shackles.” Open propaganda.)
China’s disappearing data stokes fears of hidden Covid wave FT. “[T]he actual infection data will no longer be informative. As the ‘official’ infection figures decline, the government can eventually claim their success against the virus.” All China can do is copy the West /s.
Covid minimizers appear in China:
COVID is not something to fear. Even if you are infected you can boost your immune system to mitigate the effects. Li says. "The severe type of COVID is not caused by COVID itself. The virus storms the immune system. Chinese medicine can stop symptoms from becoming too severe." pic.twitter.com/G9xhwN0hOC
— Liu Xin刘欣 (@LiuXininBeijing) December 8, 2022
Q&A: Sean Turnell on being framed as Suu Kyi’s ‘puppet master’ Frontier Myanmar
Dear Old Blighty
New Not-So-Cold War
Why the Global South Is Raising the Russian Flag The Realpolitik
Washington’s New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective (review) Monthly Review
Realignments Phenomenal World. The deck: “Bolsonarismo and Brazil’s shifting middle-class vote.”
FTC to Block Microsoft-Activision Merger Matt Stoller, BIG
Our Famously Free Press
More “Twitter Files,” a thread:
THREAD: THE TWITTER FILES PART TWO.
TWITTER’S SECRET BLACKLISTS.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
"The left" goes far beyond Democratic Party partisans. There's also a progressive, anti-war, anti-neocon, pro-Palestinian segment of the left. Are you saying that accounts associated with these members of the left were not censored and suppressed?
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) December 9, 2022
When the FBI’s former general counsel is also a “former Twitter employee”:
Every Real Journalist™ knows the one thing you never do — it's not just morally wrong but *dangerous* — is to mention the name of, let alone criticize, the former General Counsel of the FBI, now a top lawyer for one of the world's most powerful corporations. Dangerous!☠️ pic.twitter.com/nfR7ywtDku
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 7, 2022
The concept of “revolving door” seems to be too challenging for Collins, a senior reporter at NBC. I hate to think how he’d cope with a FlexNet.
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Þe Washington Post Decides Þt It No Longer Has to Fear þe Blogosphere. Do Hijinks Ensue? Brad DeLong. The Twitter Files threads show how inferior Twitter is to blogging as a creator of long-form pieces, something is was never designed to do, even leaving aside threading accidents. Think of each tweet as a parapraph, but (critically) with no ability to embed links in the text, no titles, no headings, no tables, no formatting…. It’s amazing that the masters of the Twitter form do as well as they do.
The need for nonbank regulation is a consensus issue for the Fed American Banker
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ChatGPT, rot13, and Daniel Kahneman James Williams
Four Paths to the Revelation One Useful Thing (And Also Some Other Things). ChatGPT. “An AI will confidently tell you false information in ways that are utterly convincing.” As I’ve said: AI is the very definition of bullsh*t. Now at scale!
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Judas Goats: Agriculture’s Bizarre, Drug-Addicted Masters of Deceit Once Ruled the Killing Floor AgWeb. Great metaphor….
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.